Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. Naomi has written for the Jerusalem Post and other publications in Israel and abroad, as well as to her mailing list, about Israel and Jewish issues.

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Naomi's tenth novel The Devil in Jerusalem has been chosen by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency as the number one Jewish book of the season.
The story - inspired by true events - is a chilling tale of the paths that so easily lead us astray, and the darkness within us all. “שטן
Click the book’s cover to learn more.

Watch Valérie Abécasis' interview with Naomi on French Channel 24's Culture program. The interview (in French) begins at the 4:00 minute mark.

Naomi has published ten internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play (Women's Minyan) that has been performed more than 500 times in Israel's National Theatre (Habimah) as well as in the United States and Argentina.
An Orthodox woman, feminist and iconoclast, Naomi is a tireless advocate for women's rights in Israel, waging a relentless campaign against domestic abuse and bias in rabbinical courts, as well as a successful Supreme Court case against gender segregation on Israeli buses.
With her tenth novel, The Devil in Jerusalem, Naomi continues her ground-breaking exploration of women in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world she began in 1989 with Jephte's Daughter, followed by Sotah and The Sacrifice of Tamar.
Naomi is a sought-after lecturer all over the world. If your group is interested in hosting Naomi, please click here.

Nic Nie MówMay 2017 – The Polish translation of Devil in Jerusalem is published as Nic Nie Mów.

April 2017 – Naomi speaks about her books at the Ivan M. Stettenham Library at the Streicker Centre in New York City.

March 2017 – Naomi tours the Paris region to speak about her new book Les Soeurs Weiss, the French translation of The Sisters Weiss.

January 2017 – Naomi is interviewed by Valérie Abécasis on French Channel 24‘s Culture program. The interview (in French) begins at the 4:00 minute mark.

“LesDecember 2016Les Soeurs Weiss, the French translation of The Sisters Weiss, is published.

October 2016The Devil in Jerusalem is published in paperback.

November 2015 – The Jewish Telegraphic Agency puts The Devil in Jerusalem at the top of its list of the best Jewish books of the season.

November 2015 – Naomi lectured in Newton (MA), Boca Raton (FL), Miami (FL), St. Louis (MO), New York City, Atlanta (GA), Cherry Hill (NJ) and Santa Fe (NM).

“שטןAugust 2015 – Naomi’s new book, שטן בירושלים, a translation of The Devil in Jerusalem, is published.

Le Dixieme Chant8-19 March 2015 – Naomi toured France and Switzerland, speaking to her readers in Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg and Geneva about her new French book, Le Dixieme Chant, a translation of The Tenth Song.

12-20 November 2014 – Naomi lectured at the Windsor Writer’s Conference in Windsor, ON as well as in Detroit, Toronto and Winnipeg.

The Sisters Weiss7 October 2014
Naomi’s ninth novel, The Sisters Weiss, was published in paperback. It’s the story of two sisters from an ultra-Orthodox family in 1950s Brooklyn who take very different paths, and then find their lives unexpectedly intersecting again forty years later. To order the book from Amazon, click the book cover above.

8-17 August 2014 – Naomi was the scholar-in-residence on Kosherica’s Kosher Baltic Cruise aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines Star. The 9 night cruise visited Copenhagen, Rostock, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Stockholm.

Salone Internazionale del Libro
8-9 May 2014 – Naomi took part in a panel discussion on women in Israel, together with Fiamma Nirenstein and Elena Loewenthal, at the Salone Internazionale del Libro 2014 in Turin, Italy.

December 2013 - Watch an interview (in French) with Naomi about her struggle against the haredi war on women in Israel.
Watch an interview (in French) with Naomi about Le Serment.

December 2013 - Naomi visited Île-de-France to promote her new book Le serment (the French translation of The Covenant).

Sotah 15 March 2012 - Sotah was published in Italian as L'amora proibito. Read a review (in Italian).

Jephte's Daughter March 2012 - Jephte's Daughter was published in an Italian paperback edition, as Una moglie a Gerusalemme.

Le Fantôme de Dona Gracia Mendes October 2011 - The Ghost of Hannah Mendes was published in French as Le Fantôme de Dona Gracia Mendes. Read a review (in French).

The Tenth Song October 2011 - The Tenth Song was published in paperback.

May 2011 - Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh directed a staged reading of Women's Minyan at New York's Westside Theater. The reading was produced by One Circle Productions, in partnership with Safe Horizon.

Watch the reading. Watch an interview with Naomi and Tovah Feldshuh.

Le serment November 2013 - The Covenant was published in French as Le serment.

November 2013 - Watch an interview with Naomi by Sharon Mor of Shaulina Productions about Naomi's new book The Sisters Weiss in Hebrew or in English.

6 November 2013 - Israel's Supreme Court reversed the District Court's decision against Naomi in the Sarah Shapiro case and ordered Shapiro to return the money she was awarded. Naomi agreed that the money be donated to charity.
October-November 2013 - Naomi toured the US, visiting twelve US cities and speaking about her new book, The Sisters Weiss.
The Sisters Weiss October 2013 - Naomi's ninth novel, The Sisters Weiss, was published. Read an article about it in the San Diego Jewish World.
Chains Around the Grass August 2013 - Chains Around the Grass was published in an Amazon Kindle edition.
July 2013 - An interview with Naomi about her trips to Spain to research her best-selling The Ghost of Hannah Mendes was featured in Jewish Travel.
December 2012 - Naomi's play Women's Minyan was performed by the West Boca Theatre Company at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton, Florida.
November 2012 - Naomi visited Île-de-France speaking about her books.
5 November 2012 - Naomi spoke at the Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue in London, England.


Shine On, New York City!

As the memorial for the victims of the terrorist attack on New York fill the airwaves of Israel, thousands of miles away from the city of my birth, I have come to understand why the terrorists chose the city of New York for the sickening expression of their degenerate agenda against all free people. It is because the spirit of New York City represents everything that they, and the ruthless dictators of slave states in the Middle East who support them, are trying to destroy.

New York City is a place where everyone can have an education, and can choose any profession. For fifty dollars a semester, I, and millions of others who could never afford a college education, went through the corridors of the City University of New York, learning about music and art and history and culture and literature and biology and chemistry.

New York City is a place where it doesn’t matter who your parents are, How much money they have, what faith they profess, what color they were born. You can still be a famous artist, a writer, a dancer, a scholar … you can aspire to be anything you can dream.

New York City is a place where the arts flourish. Where any idea is tolerated and explored. Where men and women are free to watch and read and believe or reject any philosophy, any idea any book, any magazine.

New York City is a place where women are in control of their bodies and their futures and their health and their choices. A place where no man can murder his daughter, abuse his wife, slaughter his sister because she does not conform to his ideas of how to act, or think, or dress.

New York City is a place of economic opportunity, where small workshops and tiny factories, and little fringe theatre groups, and corner bakeries flourish. Where every man and woman can pursue a dream, and cannot be destroyed by nepotism and corrupt politicians and war lords and dictators.

New York City is a place where elections take place and men and women go to meetings, march in the street, print brochures, knock on doors, and say out loud anything they want. They can vote in absolute secrecy for leaders, and these leaders can be voted out if they displease the people who voted for them. It’s a place where votes are counted fairly, and ballot boxes are not stuffed and candidates are not murdered, and every man or woman who wishes to offer himself as a leader will be heard.

New York City is open to the people of the world of every nationality, religion and color. Boats and planes filled with immigrants seeking refuge are welcomed. Very few New Yorkers can say that they and their parents lived there for two hundred years. It is a city of newcomers, all welcome, all treated equally.

New York City represents the best of what America has to offer, the best in a world overrun by hate-mongers, dictators, nepotists, thieves and strongmen, who deprive men and women of their right to life, to liberty and to the pursuit of happiness.

You, who have bruised our city, and taken a piece of its heart and trampled it, know that you will never defeat it , because that would mean defeating all that is good in the world. You have succeeded in putting out thousands of lights . But millions more will continue to shine through the horrible black hell you created with your sick ideas and brutal acts of barbarism.

Shine on New York.

Shine on, the lights of Broadway and Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera house and Carnegie Hall and the Empire State Building and Macy’s and the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum and the Forty-second Street Library, the skyline, the bridges, the great hotels off Central Park, the skaters of Rockefeller Center.

Never forget your light warms the lives of good people all over the world who strive to live peaceful, creative, productive lives, free of hatred. Never forget that your enemies hate you for all the reasons that you became, and remain, the greatest city in the world.

With all my love,

Naomi Ragen

(born in the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, educated in Brooklyn College, theatergoer, music lover, native daughter)

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